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Split-Second Shrimp

I use my microwave to hurry along the prep of this super fast shrimp scampi. It’s deliciously buttery and full of garlic flavor. We love it as a main dish, but it makes an excellent appetizer, too. — Jalayne Luckett, Marion, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or chicken broth
  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined


  • Place butter, garlic and cayenne in a 9-in. microwave-safe pie plate. Microwave, covered, on high until butter is melted, about 1 minute. Stir in wine, lemon juice, parsley and salt. Add shrimp; toss to coat.
  • Microwave, covered, on high until shrimp turns pink, 2-1/2-3-1/2 minutes. Stir before serving.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked shrimp: 157 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • Jan
    Jan 19, 2021

    Who said colonoscopy preps had to be boring? Added drained canned green beans when shrimp was done (used garlic powder and chicken broth, no pepper, parsley or wine) and a perfect low residue diet choice! Will do again for a quick scampi with pasta, just not this week!??

  • homemadewithlove
    Dec 21, 2020

    So good! My go to for quick shrimp scampi.

  • krindfleisch
    Nov 8, 2020

    So good and so easy. Love it!!!!!

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Dec 24, 2018

    I cooked under the broiler for appox. 2 1/2 min per side. Wonderful scampi! I used more butter so I could serve over pasta.

  • annrms
    May 20, 2018

    I made this recipe last night; it's so easy and delicious. I served it with some noodles and peas. Will make this again.

  • amsm
    May 19, 2018

    This was indeed quick and easy. Perfect when you don't have a lot of time. I made the recipe as is. I do prefer fixing this in a skillet rather than this method.

  • Beema
    Mar 2, 2018

    Living in Tampa, Fl, we eat a lot of shrimp, but I had never thought to do it in the microwave until I say this recipe. Shrimp cooks fast as it is, but this is even faster, and just as delicious... in fact, I think more of the flavor stays with the shrimp using this method than when they are cooked in an open skillet. I added the shrimp to a vegetable and rice medley... made a wonderful dinner.

  • zippee-0415
    Jul 24, 2015

    Very nice recipe. I made the BLT salad, same page, as suggested by Katlaydee3, along with corn on the cobb. Very good summer dinner.

  • Lori Kostecki
    Feb 2, 2012

    I love this recipe! So simple, with tasty results. I like to serve it atop angel hair pasta along with a green salad.

  • katlaydee3
    Jun 28, 2011

    I loved this recipe but I found that it took about a minute longer to cook. I served it with the BLT Salad on the same page.